Community Programs

Children's Program (Ages 2-6)

Creative movement and ballet fundamentals for young students are tailored to meet the developmental needs of children according to their age. Kathryn Smith developed the progressive curriculum for this program, and the syllabus introduces students to basic movement exploration and develops into the more structured study of classical ballet. Creativity is emphasized to encourage the artistic exploration of movement and allow the child's natural talent and skills to be discovered.

Class level is determined by the child's age on August 1 of each year.

  • Wee Dance: Ages 2 & 3 (Requires adult participation of one parent or legal guardian)
  • Creative Movement I: Age 4
  • Creative Movement II: Age 5
  • Pre-Ballet: Age 6

Youth Ballet Program

Classical ballet for students ages 7 and up. The curriculum focuses on proper skeletal alignment, posture, strength, and stretch of the legs and feet, fluid arm carriage, flexibility, and musicality.

Adult & Teen Classes

We offer the unique opportunity for adults and teens to begin or continue their dance training in an environment that encourages them to be challenged and explore their movement potential. Adult and teen classes include Absolute Beginner Ballet, Continuing Beginner Ballet, Low-Intermediate Ballet, plus Modern (open level) and Beginner Tap. Pre-registration is required.


Children's Classes

This division introduces students to the world of dance through music and movement. Creative movement and ballet fundame...

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Youth Ballet Program

Classical ballet for students ages 7 and up. The curriculum focuses on proper skeletal alignment, posture, strength, and...

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Adult & Teen Classes

We offer the unique opportunity for teens and adults to begin or continue their dance training in an environment that ch...

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Summer Dance Intensive

Each year, the UIYB holds a week-long summer intensive in the University of Iowa's Department of Dance, Halsey Hall (UI ...

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Summer Children's Daycamps

Each summer the UIYB holds three one-week-long summer daycamp workshops for children ages 5-6, 7-8, and 9-10. Each is ba...

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